Direction and Visions! Illustrator/Screenwriter histories + artists with “anime-style” work #AoKWoW #neversaynever

“Empowerment is about sharing power and authority to make decisions. Empowering leader helps followers solve problems on their own instead of prescribing solutions, encourages the followers to use their talents and to come up with new ideas, offers opportunities to learn new skills and develop themselves.”

Lee J. Konczak, PhD, 2010, Dirk Van Dierendonck, 2011. Both write articles for social psychology.

Short Version:

  • Someone asked a question and I rebuke the answer
  • Leadership qualities and leadership-servant concept
  • Names of those in animation and game industry, and their upbringing/inspirations.
  • The anime-like, or inspired, illustrations and products from artists globally.
  • Stop telling others  what they can or can’t do


AoKWoW stands for my category-tag “Acts of Kindness & Words of Wisdom“. Sooner or later, I’m going to clean up these tags, and the blog address may be renamed once I get everything together.

Apparently, a 20 year programmer or a freelance blogger knows everything about how a country works or how someone performs. Without question.

This entry was originally titled “Don’t ask those without answers” because I was upset. However, as days went by, I became impressed by everyone’s work (see below), and I’ve decided to not be negative. All eyes are on everyone; attempt to not treat it like a low-rate blog. As my articles, my writing examples end up here, I should provide critical, positive examples.

About three or four weekends before last, I became sick and it seemed to have lasted for a while. I’ve come to terms that I hate being degraded and treated unprofessionally. Ironically, I am in constant demand of tasks. I also hate hearing others complain about their job while lingering within it. In other words, my passionate energy is not placed into where I want it to and that’s where a part of my irritation is coming from (see Doggie Daily Life).

How this entry came to be started with a question from an anonymou person to someone, and that someone’s answer. It was a Japanese anime-related question. Basically, the work surrounding it.

The answer?

Basically, that small answer doesn’t describe nothing more than hubris, and was set up as a moment to embarrass another for humor. To embarrass others, picking fun of those who were/are unable to create perpetuating credentials, is always a cog for trolling and internet entertainment. Some people has an inner circle being their only comfort and protection.

And I think that someone, receiving that answer, was the wrong person to ask. You ask a person who actually developed and completed a project. It is a plus if said person teaches others.

Then, id that’s the case, that’d mean I couldn’t offer the best answer either. I will have another entry on opinion and accredited research some other time. I will say that those with a strong curiosity and research in a specialization will gain the answer, and both opinion and criticism truly matters.

The best advice is no matter what I say, or anyone else, diligently look it up yourself.

Also, acknowledge that they’ll be problems and denials.

“Killing the Voice Actor. Aim for non-regrettable voice actor.” Something like that.

This is because many kids aspire to be a seiyu (voice actor in Japan). That is the same case among anime fans in Western countries. The title of SekiTomo’s book is heartfelt: it is a difficult job. This comes from a guy over 20 years in the job, doing many roles from the screaming heroes and cold villains to the animals and little boys.

I always felt the same way. Why pursue voice acting when you have to be an actor first and foremost? It is the advice for most veteran voice actors.

Let me first say that I am no means interested in “making anime” or going anywhere in that direction. First and foremost, I am a gamer. If I wanted to construct anything, it’d be a game or to take part in a game or an illustration.

Here is an example of asking questions and getting good answers:

QUORA: Is freelance video game programming a viable career?

Such straightforward answers from those with the correct, accurate specialization and background. Since game and animation is in the entertainment industry, and with parallels, just remember the high demand, willingness, and organizational structure of these spots. Also, be prepared for failures or/and a long road.

Why do I use quotes on leaderships and working? Think of yourself as someone in the lead in your craft, plus it’s good work advice.

“Research suggests that leaders who encourage creative thinking stimulate the manifestation of various positive individual and organizational outcomes (Fong & Snape, 2013), which in return cultivates a performance culture.”

Kai Hung Fong (Tianda Group Limited), Ed Snape. Empowering Leadership, Psychological Empowerment and Employee Outcomes.

Time to actually answer the question. Or rather than answering, I want to provide examples of those who work in anime, create it, etc. I think one tough question doesn’t deserve a single answer because there are various paths, various options, and the future can’t be predicted. Everyone says to be passionate with everything.

The above mentioned Dierendonck mentioned that “The most important thing that you gain is that your employees will be more more motivated. what we know is that people with a strong intrinsic motivation, they are also more creative. They are willing to do more than what’s asked of them.” And those are steps towards professionalism.

Famous People

First, here’s an outline of the backgrounds of those who work in animation and comics, which also include digital production of video games:

Nomura Tetsuya (野村 哲也)
Game art designer/director for SQUARE ENIX. Best known for Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts series. After graduating from Okou High School in Kochi Prefecture, specialized in fine arts, he went to a vocational school for design and advertisement; and then was hired by SQUARE (pre-SQUARE ENIX) to do debugging for FF VI. That was his first job. Nomura’s HS art teacher showed him works by char designer Amano Yoshitaka, which inspired Nomura to join SQUARE.

Urobuchi Gen (虚淵 玄)
Writer of Kamen Rider Gaim, PSYCHO PASS; did screenplay for a few episodes of ALDNOAH ZERO. Screenplay, series composition, etc. Graduated from Wako Univerity. Debuted by being a scenario writer for adult games for NitroPlus; inspired to be a novelist. Has family in the industry.

Toriyama Akira (鳥山 明)
Comic creator/cartoonist designer. Known for DRAGON QUEST, Dragonball series, and Dr. Slump. In elementary school, he won sketch competitions, and in High school, he won an award for creating a poster for a beauty competition. Respects Tezuka Osamu (BLACKJACK, Jungle Emperor Leo) and Walt Disney. Toriyama graduated from Aichi Tech HS from design department.

Fun Note: Walt Disney was told many times that his drawings were bad and was turned down.

Okada Mari (岡田 麿里)
Worked on Anohana, Kiznaiver and Tora Dora. Okada went through a lot of truancy through school life, but graduated and entered game vocational school. Afterward, she joined V CINEMA.

Isamayama Hajime (諫山 創)
Mr. ATACK ON TITAN! Graduated from Kyushu Designer Institute’s MANGA Department. However, he graduated from Oichi Engineering High School (Specialized in forestry, machinery, etc). Participated in Magazine Grand Prix.

Kobayashi Yasuko (小林 靖子)
Screenwriter for tokusatsu and anime, including ATTACK ON TITAN, Kamen Rider Ryuuki, Jojo and CLAYMORE. This story is a little funny. Formerly a computer software programmer. Kobayashi did not know how to enter the tokusatsu industry so she sent a plot for SPECIAL RESCUE EXCEEDRAFT (特捜エクシードラフト) in opinion/comment for TV Asahi. It caught the attention of producer Hori Nagafumi (1936 – 2015). She went to a scenario school.

Nihei Tsutomu (弐瓶勉)
Serialized KNIGHTS of SIDONIA. Fukushima Tech school graduate and became a construction foreman. Won Judge Special Prize from Afternoon Four Seasons contest with short story “BLAME”. The judge was Taniguchi Jiro. Nihei worked as an assistant for Takahashi Tsutomu of Monthly Afternoon (manga magazine). Went oversees by himself to study painting. In his works, he initially started painting in acrylic.

Shigeno Shuichi (しげの秀一)
Creator of INITIAL D, and his favorite car is the Toyata AE86, which is the car of the main character Fujiwara. He worked on dojinshi during student days; he rode a motorcycle and went to college in Tokyo. Sometime, he became an assistant to Cartoonist Hio Akira (Space BAttleship YAMATO) and Ishiwata Osamu. Check out Shuichi’s workplace and words, stating he did not expect INITIAL D to be a hit. Also, his car/best buddy Hachiroku. Initial D is worked with only pencil and pen.

Fun Note: He doesn’t like automatic driving 😉

Stephen King
Had a rocky family life, but in a nutshell: Grammar school, high school, then wrote in a newspaper for University of Maine, graduating with a Bachelors in English. B.A of English has concentrations in Analytical Writing, Creative Writing and Professional Writing. He wrote for magazines and eventually became a HS English teacher. Even so, he still applied for publishing companies.


Now this seems very intimidating. Perhaps that is for everyone’s own good.

One problem with these figures is that they’re internationally famous, sometimes unexpectedly, and it seems that achieving “success” in the entertainment world can be compared to the size of a jewelry box. Maybe the above mentioned people listed can be considered “geniuses”.

QUORA: What did your Indie game fail?

Despite that, be business and skill oriented. Above all, hard work (and sometimes, the work/credits/practice from childhood, alumni, and family within industry, which I dislike to say) is a factor. Usually, hard work and building relationships. Another thing that is shared among these listed names is that they’re inspired by the work of another. Such as Nomura and Amano.

Before or after primary school, gain any training if available. You can go with vocational, Bachelors and Masters degrees in various arts, and then throwing it out there.  Also, have some “power”, some drive to make yourself known.

Consider specific studies and where you’ll find it. Aim big; do research in schools please (especially with the pay involved). A couple examples: The Art Institute of Michigan or California Institute of Arts, which has programs in Character Animation, Digital Design, Acting, Costume Design, Digital Art, Film and Video, Scene Design, and Stage management. In my home state, one of the oldest schools is The College of Creative Studies, a special-focus institution for the arts/craft field.

Comics/Artists with anime style

Since someone was told that he/she will “never be able to do anime”, here are some examples of artists/products with an anime style, even those who worked with licensed anime works.

Tuskegee Heirs

Amazing. A sci-fi product by Marcus Williams and Greg Burnham. About aviators, roughly based on the first African American fighter pilots.  TO quote the premise: “Following in the Japanese animation genre’s age old practice of dropping unusually talented youths inside the cockpits of enormously powerful machines, the amazing pilots of this series will be no exception.”


FS Thailand Artist Zaionic created this fantasy comic. The language is in Thai, but the first few chapters are free. Zaionic also has a DeviantArt page.

Albiero Marco (His website)

Marco of Italy is a big fan of Saint Seiya (Twitter). He has done various graphics and illustrations for magazines. Provided DVD cover art for Ashita no Joe and official art for Sailor Moon.

Gaia, available on STEAM, is a single-player RPG created by SPECTACLED BEAR GAMES (official site). Their approach is to make euro multiplayers games.
Here are examples of the concept art, provided by artist MCASHE.

Hakuren Studios
From Peru. Just found them and I am deeply impressed. Saint Seiya or other fan animations/anime projects. Twitter. Facebook. I look forward to Tenkai Hen Zeus. I’ll do a more in-depth article on Hakuren when I have time.

Last Thing

I conclude with one more quote: From Minority Nursing, which explains the five stages of a nurse achieving expert level:

The process begins with learning the fundamental skills of nursing care while also learning to apply sound principles of nursing, evidenced by research and exemplified through proficient patient care. Another important part of the process is learning to apply critical thinking skills to find solutions to complex situations or problems.

Everyone has a different learning style—for example, it can be hands-on, verbal, written or a combination of all three. Novice nurses should read scholarly journals, conduct informational interviews with experts, take time to shadow, and follow up when they receive a constructive evaluation of their skills in the clinical setting.

What does that have to do with anime? These words are all related to an individual’s craft and how to approach your expertise. Patience, guidance, and a need.


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